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Dalai Lama says violence in Gaza is 'unthinkable'

Images of war in Gaza
Images of war in Gaza
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The violence in Gaza has reached such critical levels His Holiness the Dalai Lama has felt compelled to share his thoughts on this tragic situation. The Dalai Lama says the violence in Gaza is "unthinkable" reported Phayul.com on July 24, 2014. The Dalai Lama has said that all of the major religious traditions, including Hindu, Islam, Christianity, Jainism, and Buddhism teach us to practice compassion, love, forgiveness, and tolerance. He wants to know why therefore anyone who says they believe in a certain faith would be involved in such violence. The Dalai Lama feels this is very sad.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama says ongoing violent conflict between Palestine and Israel in Gaza is "unimaginable" reports the Central Tibetan Administration. He has expressed the feeling that he did not anticipate this type of horrible violence from people who claim they adhere to religious principles.

The death toll in the ongoing Gaza crisis has surpassed 700 including more than 690 Palestinians and 34 Israelis. An emergency debate has been held by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva with a goal of diffusing the crisis. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was currently in the region hoping to gain needed support for a ceasefire.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says she hopes that the parties will respond positively to the peace initiatives. However, Pillay cautions that a lasting peace can only begin with respect for human rights and human dignity. This must take into account the full realization of the right to self-determination.

Pillay has said Israel has not been doing enough to protect civilians while citing air strikes and the shelling of homes and hospitals. She has also said Hamas and other militant groups have been responsible for “indiscriminate attacks” on Israel. Reports say a child had been killed every hour on average in the past several days in the bloody fighting. The situation remains tragic in Gaza today as His Holiness the Dalai Lama and fellow Buddhists continue to pray for peace in the region.